Michael Moore vs. Milton Friedman
Oh goody, there were so many potential Notties this week with David Letterman’s affairs, Obama’s screwed up priorities, and Roman’s arrest, that it was hard to narrow it down, but congratulations to Mr. Moore, he has won the award for his ridiculously lame and doltish comments about capitalism.
I want to start with giving the Webster’s Dictionary definition of the word, so we can ALL be on the same page. It is as follows:
Main Entry: cap·i·tal·ism
Pronunciation: \ˈka-pə-tə-ˌliz-əm, ˈkap-tə-, British also kə-ˈpi-tə-\
: an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market
Now that we have that out of the way, explain to me Mr. Moore, how capitalism did nothing for you
? I mean if you look at the definition, you had a private
company, Disney, invest
$21 million into your silly Farenheit 9/11 movie which you distributed on the free market
and somehow, miraculously made a *gasp* profit
… and a $300 million dollar profit at that! I know, totally disgusting! So I would like to know how someone who clearly has no clue what capitalism is can make a lie
documentary about it. Or maybe you’re just a total hypocrite. I will force myself to watch the movie at some point when I don’t have to pay. God knows I don’t want to contribute to any demand for it, but I will be watching to see how much profit (yikes, there’s that evil word again) Mr. Moore rakes in.
Oh and one other point- I loved it when Michael said he had no clue where his $50 million fortune went, um, can anyone say metabolic syndrome, because it’s definitely not his wardrobe! Mr. Michael Moore, Nottie on the inside and out.
Now in direct contrast to the Nottie, lets take a trip down memory lane and look at some quotes from brilliant economist and true capitalist Milton Friedman. Because it’s always good to remember what great men had to say.
“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand”
“The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government”
“Only government can take perfectly good paper, cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination worthless.”
“The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.”
“Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.”
I could go on and on with these. Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize winner and lover of liberty, thanks for all you’ve done.
PS: It looks like the demand for Mr. Moore’s movie just wasn’t there as he only made a measly $1.6 million
opening weekend. Ah yes, gotta love capitalism at work.